Pittsburgh Steelers, The
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Pittsburgh Steelers, The

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Look InsideOvertime Website One thing they dont teach you at football training camp? How to sing and how to dance. Yet for the Pittsburgh Steelers, music is everything when you have a player who won Dancing With the Stars and devoted fans who sing loyalty songs at every game. The Pittsburgh Steelers by Mark Stewart offers young fans a look into one of the most beloved teams in the NFL while including fun facts, team spotlights such as Ben Roethlisberger and Hines Ward, and pictures of Steelers memorabilia. Have a young fan who likes to argue sports? Dont miss the Great Debates section where readers get insight into some of the greatest debates surrounding the Steelers and professional football! Team spirit is that deep passion shared by the players and fans when they wear the same colors, watch the same scoreboard, and cheer the same triumphs. This popular series has been completely revised and updated for the Fall 2012 release. Book updates include new team information, records, photos, and timelines as well as new features like GREAT DEBATES and GLORY DAYS. Once you finish the book, you can go to the OVERTIME WEBSITE where each football team has its very own webpage to accompany the reading material. This site will be updated throughout the season and postseason with kid-friendly news about their favorite football teams - the perfect source for up-to-date statistics and player information for young sports fans.

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    Team Spirit
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In 2006 the Pittsburgh Steelers once again rose to greatness, winning Super Bowl XL. For a team with a storied history, it was fitting a player named, "The Bus" would lead the team to victory his last season. The Steelers have been known for both solid running and finesse in passing throughout their history. Who can forget the amazing catch by Lynn Swan as he fell? Or the time a ball was tipped and Franco Harris picked it up inches from the ground to run it back for a game- winning touchdown. Franco Harris was only a rookie at the time. The defensive line in the 1970s was known as the, "Iron Curtain" because of their ability to stop other teams' offenses. With such an amazing and colorful history, it takes a good writer to capture the richness of such a team. Author Mark Stewart does just that. Using the various periods of time when the Steelers were at their best, Mark Stewart is able to effectively capture the teams triumphs and failures. His format is not a linear presentation of information, but rather well-written essays and factual information, presenting a colorful picture of this great team. Throughout the book, colorful photographs and charts enhance the information provided. A great addition to any school library.

John D. Orsborn (Children's Literature)

The Pittsburgh Steelers chronicles the storied tradition and history of this team. Originally called the Pirates, the team's name was changed by owner Art Rooney to the Steelers in 1940 to reflect the town's main industry. This NFL book also contains twenty short chapters. Seventy-plus years of football obviously cannot be detailed in such a brief book, but Stewart covers most of the basics. The Super Bowl victories are discussed, past stars are profiled, and a few tidbits of trivia are included-such as running back Byron "Whizzer" White who led the NFL in rushing yards in 1938 and went on to be appointed to The Supreme Court by John F. Kennedy. The Team Spirit series covers all the teams in the three major professional sports leagues-baseball, football, and basketball. Each book follows the exact same format, and the large print, colorful pictures, maps, time lines, and quotes make for an easy read and offer an eye-catching layout. Fans of the teams will not find much new information as the series is more of a basic introduction. Those with little knowledge of the sport or of the specific team would be well served to peruse these titles. Although most books provide a nice and simple introduction, some material is left out or forgotten. Several Pittsburgh Steelers Super Bowl titles were not listed on the time line of important team events. Most middle school sports fans will enjoy the series, but even some of these students might find the reading and material too simplistic. The series could also be useful for ESL students or teachers and librarians looking for low level/high interest nonfiction. (Team Spirit) VOYA CODES: 3Q 4P M (Readable without serious defects; Broad general YA appeal; Middle School, defined as grades 6 to 8).

Jeff Mann (VOYA, (Vol. 30, No. 4)

This is from the publisher’s Team Spirit series of NFL football team information books designed for grades 3 to 6. Designed to provide meaningful background information about the team so that young people can understand why it’s fun to be a fan, this book covers not only its modern times, but how the team got started; what they’ve worn over the years; and many positive aspects and memories. This book presents valid reasons why Steeler fans can and should be proud of their football team. At the same time, it stretches the readers’ vocabularies with specialty words and an excellent in-the-back glossary. We rated this book five hearts.

Heartland Reviews

Booklist, Sport Series RoundUp, 2006
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